Once upon a time, I let out some GGGRRR feelings on the blog. I shared the top five ridiculous things people have said to me about my children.
They’d annoyed me for some time. And it felt good to let them go.
Unfortunately, it didn’t end there. People still feel the need to say things to other people about their children. Some come from a good place. Some things are even appreciated.
But others? Others. Man oh man, some of the others. They could inspire a new song rewrite: Things that make you go HMMM? Things that make you go CAN YOU HEAR YOURSELF? Seriously, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
But instead, I’ll just list some more of them. List them here, and let them go. (In theory.)
#5. One little treat won’t hurt them.
True. But you have no idea how many treats they’ve had today already, or this week, or this month, or what I’ve got planned for the rest of the day.
Don’t take the fact that I’ve (politely) refused your offer of lollies for my children personally.
#4. I can’t believe you’re feeding your children McDonald’s. When I have children, I’ll never give them junk.
Yes, you will. You will give them junk. You just will. It might not happen often – in fact, this is our first Macca’s visit this year! And you got to see it! Lucky you! – but it will happen.
(And have you noticed that you’ll cop both this statement and one like #5 in the same day? Like, really? Either I give my children too many treats, or too few. I can’t win! Ever!)
#3. Where does his hair come from?
But ‘haha groan yeah but seriously’ answers aside, our son’s carrot-top comes from both sides of the family. That’s how it works 80% of the time, even if you have to go back generations to find it.
(And no, this isn’t a case of 87% of statistics being made up on the spot. Here’s more on red-hair-recessive-gene-sciencing for the curious.)
Aaargh, you still want to know? Fine. He gets it from his paternal grandmother and his maternal grandfather. See? BOTH SIDES.
#2. Geez, he takes a while to warm up to people, doesn’t he?
Someone said this to me less than five minutes after meeting my son. He had just woken from a nap and was not impressed at anything in the world, let alone meeting new people.
So yes, if the alternative is cuddling complete strangers within five minutes of waking from a nap, then my son does in fact take a while to warm up to people.
#1. You’re too soft on her. You should be exposing her to a broader range of fabrics.
She loves dresses and skirts, but when it’s cold, she usually chooses the comfort of leggings or tights. And someone had an opinion about that. Apparently I’m failing at parenthood because my daughter prefers not to wear jeans if she can help it.
Just. Um. What?
At least she’s across the important stuff. Like how to pose for photos.
Aaaaaaaaaand breathe. Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.
Thank you for reading. It was cathartic to write. I hope it wasn’t painful to read!
What ridiculous things have you been told about your child(ren)?